My Dream Literary Collection!

I was recently contacted by Invaluable.com, an online auction website, to put together a post on my dream literary collection, meaning that if money weren't an issue, what would I have in my collection.

So here it is guys, here are some of the things that would be in my dream literary collection.





Lot 393: Danish Fairy Legends and Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

Can I just with how pretty this spine is? I am an absolute sucker for the way old books look and the spine is definitely making me drool. Not only that, this novel is about fairy tales and by Hans Christian Andersen! I've always held a fascination for fairy tales and legends, so this novel would be great in my collection. Not only does it look good, but it's something that I'd definitely peruse through.


Lot 396: Group of 3 First Editions of the Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans

I used to loooooooove the Madeline series when I was a child. I didn't really read the books rather than watch the show. It was interesting especially since it took place in France and it definitely had me captivated. It would be so cool to own a couple of first editions of Madeline!



Lot 151: Signed Harry Potter book

UM. IS THIS EVEN A QUESTION? It's a signed. .  SIGNED first edition of the Chamber of Secrets. I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE. I don't even need to explain the reason why I want this because it's self explanatory.







Lot 36: Signed first edition of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

During my brief time at an English tutor, I was forced to read several classics and one of them was Of Mice and Men. While I didn't love it, it was a book I definitely enjoyed and would DEFINITELY not mind owning a signed first edition of the novel!







So those are my picks from Invaluable's website. Not only do they have vintage books there, but a huge number of things. I found myself distracted and browsed through some really gorgeous vintage fountain pens on the site that I'll definitely be perusing more later.

So what about you guys? If you had an unlimited budget, what book would you love to include in your collection? Because seriously, that signed first edition of HP though. (WANT) 

If you ever find yourself with an unlimited budget and are looking for antiques or first editions or the like, Invaluable is connected to auction houses all around the world!


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[Review] Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson


ABOUT

Title: Walk on Earth a Stranger
Author: Rae Carson
Series: The Gold Seer Trilogy #1 
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: September 22, 2015 
Goodreads Page
Source: e-ARC via Edelweiss
Synopsis:
Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

[Book Blitz] Gabriel by Nikki Kelly!!






ABOUT

Title: Gabriel
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #2 
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: October 27th 2015 
Synopsis: 
The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.

Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He's also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?

Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.

Check out the Styclar Wattpad page for preview chapters of Gabriel!



INTERVIEW

What did you do on your research trip to France?

Mainly, I visited all the locations used in the book! I also spent some time writing while I was there of course! I think the nicest thing about my research trip was that I ended up using my Auntie and Uncle's barn conversion as a base for the property our gang find themselves staying in! Everything in the story form the barn, the village itself and various locations (including the snowy mountains) are completely real - you could even go and visit them all yourself!

Was the writing process for Gabriel a lot different than Lailah?

The writing process for GABRIEL was shorter, because this time around I was writing full time! But the actual 'writing' part was much the same. I start with a premise, have an idea in my head of the beginning/ the ending/ a specific character etc etc. and start writing! I only ever do rough outlines, it's all pretty much in my head, which is another reason why I have often said I feel like this story was implanted in my brain sometimes and I am the mere mortal who gets to put pen on paper to bring it to life!

What can we expect from Gabriel (the novel) ?

Gosh, A LOT! The story picks up right where it left off, and continues to be told form Lailah's POV - The main cast are back, but we get to meet some lush new ones too! I am still a great fan of the twist - suffice to say, just when you think you know, really you have no idea! ;) Oh, and also, did I mention... #NoMercy ;)

Would you say that you’re similar to Lailah in any way?

Naturally, Lailah and I have a few of the same traits, I think every character in my stories have a little something piece of me, whether intention or not! But I think we can all relate to Lailah's plight, I think most of us go through a time in our lives where we are working out who we are and making choices that carve out who we ultimately end up becoming.

What are you currently reading?

I have a new baby, so my hands are a little tied at the moment! But I can tell you what I will be reading next *grabby hands* Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo !!!

Any advice for aspiring authors?

If you have a story to tell, don't stop until it's told... and Never.Ever.Give.Up

How much of your personal experience is tied into this series?

A very large percent! A good example — In GABRIEL Ruadhan tells Lailah 'You only fail, if you never try.' That is the very advice my Mom gave me, and one of the reasons I am living my dream today... I think it all goes back to that great advice you hear again and again about writing - about writing what you know. So in this case, for example, I know very well the true meaning and the importance of that message... Even down to the mythology in the story -- it's all based loosely on my own belief system (you'll see plenty more of that in Book2 and especially in Book3)


And if you haven't read Lailah yet. . . . 


ABOUT

Title: Lailah
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #1 
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Synopsis: 
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to Wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).

LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.

Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series is due for release on October 7th 2014.

These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.

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The Fierce Reads Blog Tour & reviews!

Hello everybody! I'm so excited to be part of the Fierce Reads blog tour and talk about some of the books that I read for this tour!

I was also given the chance to ask each of the authors a question, and here it is!

Are you similar to your character(s) in any way?


EMMA MILLS

I definitely relate to some aspects of certain characters. I identify with Devon’s apprehension about change, and her desire to keep things as they are. I definitely struggled a bit with all the changes going on from high school into college (and later on, from college into graduate school!). On the surface, I’m probably most like Rachel Woodson; I was never quite that high-achieving, but I was always really into school and extracurriculars like she is!

JOSEPHINE ANGELINI

Not really, but they all have bits and pieces of me in them, I suppose. For instance, I’ve been known to be stubborn and my main character Lily is pretty stubborn. But she and I are very different people overall.


LEIGH BARDUGO

I think I share Jesper's need to make people laugh when things are bad, Nina's love of sweets and low cut dresses, Kaz's desire for solitude. I have something in common with all of my characters. Even the really bad ones.


LEILA SALES

My characters are all different from one another, but each one draws upon a different part of my personality. That’d what allows me to get inside their heads. What I share most with Arden, the main character of TONIGH THE STREETS ARE OURS, is an intense loyalty toward the people and institutions who I love.



Here's some information on the books and my reviews!


ABOUT

Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1 
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release Date: September 29th 2015 
Goodreads Page
Source: e-ARC via publisher
Synopsis: 
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

Review


Six of Crows is so good. SO GOOD.

I haven't read the last book of the Grisha trilogy yet and I'm meaning to, but so many books, so little time. Anyways, I was able to still follow along with Six of Crows despite not having finished the trilogy. It would be a bit more confusing for people who haven't read any of the Grisha books to read Six of Crows first.

SIX OF CROWS is about a team of six people put together by Kaz Brekker in order to pull of a seemingly impossible heist in return for a more than handsome sum of cash. Each chapter is told in a different point of view of five of the six and we are able to learn a lot about each of the characters through their points of view and how they think.

I LOVE heist stories and despite the fact that this one is set in a fantasy world, it held just as much appeal to me. Although it is a fantasy world, the plotting of the heist and the follow through was very believable along with the fact that not everything goes according to plan.

I love the crew of six. Every one of the characters is dynamic and I can really imagine meeting them in real life except without the Grisha powers. Kaz is the leader of the six and the mastermind. He is sometimes called Dirtyhands because he is well known for doing whatever is needed to get to his goal. Inej is the spy and acrobat who gathers secrets for Kaz and is also called the Wraith. Jesper is the sharpshooter and the gunman who has a very serious gambling addiction. Nina is the Heartrender who uses her Grisha powers to survive in Kerch. Matthias is the Fjerdan convict with revenge on his mind. And then there's Wylan, the runaway with a talent for blowing things up and drawing.

I think of the six, Kaz is probably my favourite. He's cunning and slippery and always with a plan in the works. He's a Slytherin through and through and those are some of my favourite types of characters.

The plot of this novel was awesome and though it was slow in the beginning to get moving, it was still captivating to read the build up. I don't think I was bored for a second of this novel.

SIX OF CROWS is really one of the best books I've read this year and possibly one of my favourite books of all time. It's a stunning piece of work and I cannot wait for the sequel to this novel! I'm just so emotionally invested in these characters and the story.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leigh Bardugo is the author of the New York Times-bestselling series The Grisha Trilogy. She was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and most recently makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Hollywood, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band. leighbardugo.com / grishatrilogy.com


ABOUT

Title: Tonight the Streets are Ours
Author: Leila Sales
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG)
Release Date: September 15th 2015
Synopsis:
Recklessly loyal.

That’s how seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley has always thought of herself. Caring for her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But lately she’s grown resentful of everyone—including her needy best friend and her absent mom—taking her loyalty for granted.

Then Arden stumbles upon a website called Tonight the Streets Are Ours, the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter, who gives voice to feelings that Arden has never known how to express. He seems to gether in a way that no one else does, and he hasn’t even met her.

Until Arden sets out on a road trip to find him.

During one crazy night out in New York City filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leila Sales (www.leilasales.com) is the author of the novels This Song Will Save Your Life, Mostly Good Girls, and Past Perfect. This Song Will Save Your Life garnered two starred reviews, was included on the American Library Association's Best Fiction for Young Adults list, was one of Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year, and was listed as one of the Best YA Books of 2013 by Buzzfeed.com. It has been published in ten foreign countries, and it has been optioned for stage and film development.

Leila grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. When she's not writing, she spends her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, chocolate, and how to get more of all of them. Leila lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in children's book publishing. Follow her @LeilaSalesBooks.


ABOUT

Title: First & Then
Author: Emma Mills
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Release Date: October 13th 2015
Source: ARC via distributor
Goodreads Page
Synopsis:
Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a thing. She's happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn't want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

Review

How do I explain First & Then?

Reading First & Then is easy; It's easy in the way that breathing or blinking is easy.

First & Then is a contemporary YA novel about Devon Tennyson, a high school senior that's gets average grades and has no concrete plans for her future after high school except college, and not even a specific college. She's happy with the way things are and is not a fan of the new changes that were brought into her life for her senior year. First & Then details Devon's journey through new changes and learning about herself and the new people in her life.

Devon is so witty with her words and she's so funny. I wish I could converse with other people like she does. She's so real and I could find myself relating to her a lot. She has no idea what she's good at and so she finds it difficult to find something loftier to aim towards aside from simply getting into college, any college. I really enjoyed getting to know her and to follow her journey

Foster is Devon's cousin who is living with Devon's family for various reasons. He's the weird one who can be found in different, strange areas during parties. He has a surprising knack for football and gains the mentorship of the All American football star of the school, Ezra Lynley.

Ezra is the star of the football team with amazing stats and good looking to boot. A lot of people think he's an asshole and he's quiet despite his local stardom. However, there is more than meets the eye with Ezra. He's like baking chocolate as Jordan, the most popular kid in school, would call him. I really like him a lot later in the book and I can find myself relating to him as well in certain ways.

Jordan is great. He is the most popular kid in school that everyone likes. He has dreads and sometimes finds himself being Devon's counsellor. He always seems to show up when she needs someone to talk to. He's really supportive of both Devon and Ezra and he just seems to be really likeable. Hell, I want to be his friend.

The plot is fun and it's definitely helped along with Devon's witty comments. We follow Devon as she learns more about herself and the things she's good at. Though only several months pass in the novel, she grows more as a person and we get to watch as she falls in love with someone she finds to be an unexpected candidate. The one thing that really just kind of irked me a bit was when she mentally called the makeup-wearing niners, "prosti-tots" because they're wearing too much makeup for gym class and they're also still only 13/14. Thankfully, she does get called out on it in the novel.

Earlier I said that reading First & Then is as easy as breathing or blinking, and it's true. I found myself easing through the novel and before I knew it, I was done. First & Then is a super cute contemporary that's funny and really relatable and despite the ending being satisfying, I just wish it were a tad bit longer so I could have some more time with this story.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emma Mills is a debut author better known to her subscribers as vlogger Elmify. She is also co-creator and co-host of the "life skills" channel How to Adult. youtube.com/user/elmify




ABOUT

Title: Firewalker
Author: Josephine Angelini
Series: The Worldwalker Trilogy #2 
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 
Release Date: September 1st 2015 
Synopsis:
Worlds divide, magic slays, and love lies in the second book of Josephine Angelini’s The Worldwalker Trilogy.
"You think I’m a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified."

Lily is back in her own universe, and she's ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape from New Salem, and must hide her magic for the safety of everyone she cares about, but compared to fighting the Woven, the monstrous creatures inhabiting the alternate Salem, life is looking pretty good.

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can’t persuade Lily to return to her world, she will force her to come back by doing away with the ones she loves.

Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Josephine Angelini is the internationally bestselling author of Trial by Fire and the Starcrossed series. She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. Originally from Massachusetts, Josie now lives in Los Angeles with her screenwriter husband, her daughter, Pia Marie, and three shelter cats. You can visit her on Facebook, her website josephineangelini.com, or follow her on Twitter @josieangelini.


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I received review copies in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion whatsoever nor was I compensated in any shape or form.



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[Waiting on Wednesday] The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


ABOUT

Title: The Mirror King
Author: Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen #2
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: April 5th 2016
Goodreads Page
Synopsis:
Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen

I am SO EXCITED for this novel! Orphan Queen was soooooo good and I can't deal with the way the book ended. I mean. There's even an Orphan Queen Support Group because THAT ENDING. Also this series is a duology and so Mirror King is the last one! I'm sad about it ending, but I guess I still have more to read since i haven't read the novellas in between these two books yet.


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[Review] Compulsion by Martina Boone


ABOUT

Title: Compulsion
Author: Martina Boone
Series: The Heirs of Watson Island #1 
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 28th 2014 
Synopsis:
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead—a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn't what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

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